The defector serviceman was reportedly found shot dead in a coastal Spanish town last week
The Russian helicopter pilot who defected to Ukraine and was shot dead in Spain last week likely enjoyed state protection from Madrid, and may have been treated as a “secret political refugee” by the authorities, Spanish daily El Mundo reported on Wednesday.
Maksim Kuzminov made headlines last August when he flew a Mi-8 military cargo helicopter to Ukraine. His defection resulted in the deaths of fellow crew members who were “liquidated,...more
The US reportedly rushed vehicles to Kiev without factoring in necessary repairs
The US has no plan in place to maintain, service or repair tanks, armored vehicles and air defense systems Washington has given to the Ukrainian military, Pentagon Inspector-General Robert P. Storch has admitted. The failure to plan “puts at risk Ukraine’s ability to fight effectively using the US-provided equipment, as well as the DoD’s readiness to address other national security threats if needed,” he added.
Storch revealed in two redacte...more
The intergovernmental forum should not be used as a platform for bickering, Beijing’s foreign ministry has said
China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the purpose of the G20 forum is to discuss matters of global economic cooperation and should not be used as a platform for amplifying geopolitical disagreements.
The intergovernmental summit, which kicked off on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will act as the first major congress of key foreign ministers this year.
The G20 Brazil website has listed several topics to be discus...more
The researchers also said they want new, more inclusive guidelines for naming species
German paleobiologists have called for an overhaul of the system used in naming dinosaurs, arguing the current nomenclature contains nearly 100 “potentially offensive” names, Nature magazine reported on Tuesday, citing the team’s still-unpublished paper.
A group of researchers analyzed the names of every dinosaur fossil from the Mesozoic Era, defined as between 251.9 million and 66 million years ago, combing through 1,500 species for names th...more
The old world is giving way to a new order. What key political-economic drivers of change are destined to shape our lives in the medium term?
According to an adage that is popular in the financial community, economists are sufficiently competent to correctly predict ten out of five recessions.
Despite this sobering statistic, I want to venture several conjectures regarding pivotal political-economic trends that will shape the world during the new “megacycle.”This upcoming secular (long-term) horizon may contain several business cycl...more
The ex-US president has opposed providing more aid to Kiev and urged NATO members in Europe to increase their defense spending
Russia is a “war machine” that has defeated powerful invaders in the past, former US President Donald Trump said during a town hall meeting on Tuesday, as he explained his opposition to sending billions of dollars in additional aid to Ukraine.
Trump, who is seeking a new presidential term in this year’s election, highlighted Russian military prowess after the town-hall host, Fox News’ Laura Ingra...more
Scared of being abandoned by the US under Trump, European officials are floating the idea of the bloc’s own nuclear force
With its farmers rebelling, its economy declining, and its traditional parties decaying, you’d think the European Union has enough to worry about at home. Yet its thoroughly detached elites love to think big. And what’s bigger than nuclear weapons? That’s how they have ended up falling for one of Donald Trump’s typically blunt provocations. The former – and likely future – American preside...more
US spooks tipped off The New York Times about the plans then people started calling with questions, the media personality said
The American intelligence community had the assistance of The New York Times in an apparent bid to stop Tucker Carlson from interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin, the conservative political commenter has claimed.
The former Fox News host explained on Tuesday why he believes he had been spied-on before meeting the Russian leader earlier this month, when he discussed his experience in Moscow with Blaze TV founder ...more
Moscow is ready for dialogue, but has only received unacceptable proposals from Ukraine and its backers, Anatoly Antonov said
By refusing to understand Moscow’s demands and continuing to arm Ukraine, the US and its allies are only aggravating the conflict, the Russian ambassador to Washington has said.
Moscow is “adamant” that at some point it will achieve a peace deal with Kiev, despite resistance from the West, which “did everything to deprive Ukraine of its independence and turn it into an anti-Russian bridgehead,&rdq...more
Washington has instead called for a temporary “pause” to fighting in the Palestinian enclave
The United States has vetoed a UN Security Council measure calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, marking the lone ‘no’ vote on a draft that garnered support from 13 other members. Washington has used its veto power to block two prior attempts, arguing the move would not produce a “durable peace.”
The call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire was shot down by the US delegation on Tuesday. While 13 nations in the 15-member ...more